BREAKING: Lidl appeals against refusal for Carrick store

Lidl is appealing against Leitrim County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for its controversial new store in Carrick-on-Shannon.

The new outlet was widely opposed in the town, but the German supermarket giant has

brought its case to An Bord Pleanála.

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In November 2015, Lidl first announced plans to relocate its Carrick-on-Shannon store from its existing site at Cortober to a site on the Dublin Road, near Tesco and Aldi.

However, in the first application, the plans were turned down by An Bord Pleanála after initially being approved by the council.

In May of this year, Lidl lodged what was effectively a repeat application with the local authority, but beforehand it had gained planning permission to change the use of its existing store to a car-sales showroom and gym.

However, during the repeat application, the proposed two-storey supermarket, which would cost about €2 million, was widely opposed, with 133 objections lodged against it.

And last month, the council refused permission, claiming Lidl hadn’t a ‘robust proposal’ for its existing store at Cortober.

The decision to refuse the proposal also referred to an increase in the retail space provision for Leitrim, which would exceed the current guidelines in the county development plan.

However, Lidl has now lodged an appeal against that decision with An Bord Pleanala, with submissions from the public invited until September 7th.

A decision is expected to take about four months.

In a statement, Lidl confirms it has lodged an appeal, but won’t be in a position to comment any further while the decision is under appeal.